James Henry Tanner

September 27, 1947January 1, 2019
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James H. Tanner, of 15 Montebello Commons Drive, Suffern, passed away on January 1, 2019 at the age of 71. He was born in the Bronx, NY on September 27, 1947, son of Hoyt and Viola (nee Ohrnberger) Tanner. He graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School, Bronx, NY and attended Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. A Suffern resident for more than 40 years, Mr. Tanner was a successful architect who owned his own business in Suffern, NY. His work can be seen throughout Rockland County. Mr. Tanner was also a former member of the Suffern Rotary Club. Mr. Tanner is survived by a daughter, Kristin Connolly and son-in-law Arthur Connolly of Airmont, NY and three grandchildren, Owen, Jack and Ryan; a daughter, Jill Tanner of Suffern, NY; a son, James Tanner and daughter-in-law, Nitza Tanner (nee Tomlinson), of Brooklyn, NY. He is also survived by a sister, Karen Curley (nee Tanner) and brother-in-law, Thomas Curley of Las Vegas, Nevada. Visiting hours Sunday 2:00-4:00 PM and 7:00-9:00 PM at Wanamaker & Carlough Funeral Home in Suffern, NY. Mass of Christian Burial Monday 10:00 AM at Church of the Presentation in Upper Saddle River, NJ. Interment at Ascension Cemetery in Airmont, NY.


  • Visitation Sunday, January 6, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, January 7, 2019

James Henry Tanner

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Lani Leuthyner

January 12, 2019

I just found out about Jim's passing from a former co-worker at Jim's architectural firm.

My prayer for the entire family is that you lean on God's peace, comfort and support, because He is truly with you.

I am so sorry I have not been in touch with Jim...he is why, today, I have a successful design business. I continually lean on the education I received working for Jim for those 17 years.

Tim Ryan

January 8, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Jims passing.
I mentored under Jim as an apprentice Architect and employee for several years and have never worked for a better boss since.
Jim was a very talented Architect and I learned so much from him. To this day I find my self thinking "how would Jim solve this design problem".
His work ethic, his professionalism and love of his Family was an inspiration.
My deepest condolences to the entire Tanner family.
Tim Ryan and family

Matt Diehl

January 3, 2019

So sorry to hear this news. Thoughts are with all the Tanner's. I remember visiting the Tanner home in Rockland County several decades ago, and being amazed with the high ceilings, large windows, and decks everywhere. Never had seen, or been inside, a home like it before. That, and his distinct and unmistakable laugh. Oh, and the dancing. Rest in peace Uncle Jimmy, you'll be missed.
Matt Diehl

Joseph Maloney

January 2, 2019

Our condolences to the Tanner family. Another wonderful person from the neighborhood. Joe and Barbara Maloney

Trudi Parrilo

January 2, 2019

Dear Jill and family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this heartbreaking time. Hold tight to the love, laughter and joy you shared throughout the years. May these bring you some comfort.

God bless you all.

Trudi Parrillo

fran donnelly

January 2, 2019

Nothing but fond memories of Jimmy. We met so long ago when we lived on the same block; he along with brother Hoyt, mom & dad, with cousins Ellen and Janie next door. He was all boy, climbing , running, investigating every thing in sight, always with a smile on his face.
When the Bronxdale Houses were built the family left but we were only 4 blocks apart. Many nights we would walk home together from Stratton Park, racing each other, playing practical jokes, certainly laughing and sharing each other's confidences. He was very much a trustworthy and loyal friend. We both attended Cardinal Hayes High School and traveled together on the 2 or 5 train. Even then he knew he wanted to be an architect.
We also played football and basketball together and he certainly knew what the word team meant; a more unselfish player you couldn't find.
I hope my remarks bring comfort to family and friends. As you can see he was much loved.

Fred Diehl

January 2, 2019

A better cousin and friend could never be found. All the Diehl kids grew up with Jim. We loved him very much and he always returned that loyalty and love in full measure . Jim had a very creative mind, was highly intelligent , possessed an indomitable spirit and work ethic. Those attributes propelled a Bronx boy who grew up blue collar to train in architecture at the prestigious Pratt Institute in Brooklyn where he excelled. While at Pratt Jim and several classmates entered an international competition against internationallly renowned professional firms to design a corporate pavilion project in Italy. Jim’s team placed in the top 6. Jim opened his own private practice and employed several assistants shortly after graduation from Pratt. Jim had what was likely the most prolific Architectural practice in Rockland County and continued his practice for over 40 years. He will be greatly missed by Family and his many hundreds of friends and former clients .
Fred Diehl on behalf of the entire Diehl Family